I am Robert Riversong, prophet [1], teacher, guide, midwife [2]

for a world struggling to be born.

You are a spark of the universal flame. Welcome to the journey.

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Contents:

Who Am I?

Trending Now:

Journalistic Fabulism and Ideological Agendas – the Sabrina Rubin Erdely Story

Latest Essays:

Emancipation From Feminism – My Personal Journey in the New Left and A Dissident View on Feminism

Illiberalism & Hypocrisy on America’s Campuses – Stifling Free Expression in Deference to the Sensibilities of Self-Declared Victimhood

The Rape Culture Meme – It’s to authentic human culture what genetically modified corn is to maize.

The Feminist Movement has Cannibalized Its Own Core Values and Become Its Own Worst Enemy

All Sex is Rape – All Men are Rapists : Patriarchy = Rape Culture

New Puritanism – New Paternalism – The “Rape Culture” Narrative Demeans Women, Demonizes Men, and Turns Universities into Witch Hunt Tribunals

See two dozen essays below on the topic of Men, Women and the Gender War

All Essays

Rites, Rights, Writes of Passage

The Art of Surrender

Of Prophets and Hope

Preparing for the Shift

A Collective Rite of Passage

From Shadow to Rainbow

Altimeter Readers and Parachute Packers

Out of Equilibrium – Into the Maelstrom

Crossing the Threshold – Charles Eisenstein

A More than Human World – David Abrams

The Danger of Normality: From the Ideal to the Normal – From Diversity to Abnormality

Easy Hope & False Optimism

The Greening and UnGreening of the World

What Does “Green” Really Mean?

A New Green History of the World – Clive Ponting

Health Impacts of a Grain-Based Agriculture

1493: The Reknitting of Pangaea

Gaia and the Dying of Anima Mundi  – Animate Earth, Stephan Harding

Collision Course with the Future – based on Gus Speth’s The Bridge at the Edge of the World

The Lost Language of Plants – Stephen Harrod Buhner

Earth as a Sacred Trust

Thinking Like a Mountain

The Thermodynamics of an Intelligent Living Universe

Electro-Pollution May be the Greatest Threat to the Biosphere

The End of the World – Bibliography of Collapse

How to Survive the Crash and Save the Earth – Ran Prieur

Wendell Berry’s Criteria for Appropriate Technology

History, Politics, Science & Religion

How Beer Invented the World

The Myth of Virgin America

The Luddite Tradition or The Critique of the Technological Paradigm – a bibliography

Thomas Paine’s Radicalism

Ideas are not Property

Standing by Words

Science & Secular Humanism

Science & Religion – Locking Horns

Death by Medicine

Ebola as Metaphor: The Ebola Virus Threatens Human Claims to Evolutionary Superiority

The U.S. is AWOL

History of US Government Surveillance

America was Born of Conspiracy Theory – From the Declaration of Independence to 9/11

Civil War: The Conquest of Agrarianism by Industrialism

The Right of Secession – Lincoln as Tyrant

Economic Secession – War Tax Resistance

Short History of Property, Labor, Wealth, Profit & Taxation

The Myth of Corporate Personhood

Five essays on the takeover of American democracy by corporations and how we can – and must – take it back for We the People.

  1. The Pernicious Fiction of Corporate Personhood
  2. Corporations are Not People
  3. Justice Lewis Powell and the Rise of the Corporate State
  4. “A Constant Preference of Public to Private Interest”
  5. The People’s Rights Amendment

Network Marketing is NOT the same as Networking

Algorithms and Red Wine: Is the ‘Digital Hive’ a Soft Totalitarian State? and Bitter Tales from the Massive White Underclass – by Joe Bageant

On the Perennial Conflict in Palestine:

Israel and Palestine – No Right to Exist: Israel claims an inalienable “right to exist” while denying the right of a Palestinian state to exist

Israel’s War on Hamas – Israel’s War against Peace

An Illustrated History of Palestine

Zionism and Nazism – and Israeli Support for War Criminals and Human Rights Abusers

The Shin Bet Gatekeepers – The story that everyone who cares about peace and justice in the Middle East needs to hear

Jewish-Israeli Terrorism: Origins and Evolution of Jewish-Israeli Terrorism – State Terrorism & War as the Health of the State

Men, Women and the Gender War:

When Progressive Social Change Becomes Regressive Ideology: From Women’s Liberation to Cultural Misandry – ReHonoring Masculinity & Achieving Gender Justice

Misandric Feminism vs. Progressive Gender Equality (excerpt of above)

Male Victims of Sexual Violence (also an excerpt of the first essay)

Yellow Journalism and the Meme of “Rape Culture” – Rolling Stone and U-VA Gang Rape

Dear President Sullivan – letter from 17 attorneys involved with campus sexual assault claims throughout America, detailing specific reasons why they “are concerned that the University’s Proposed Student Sexual Misconduct Policy is both vastly over inclusive in attempting to define prohibited conduct and ill equipped to guarantee a procedure for resolving allegations that is fair and impartial”.

It’s Time for a U-VA Apology – Op-Ed from a 25-year U-VA professor and his U-VA junior son

Journalistic Fabulism and Ideological Agendas – the Sabrina Rubin Erdely Story

New Puritanism – New Paternalism – The “Rape Culture” Narrative Demeans Women, Demonizes Men, and Turns Universities into Witch Hunt Tribunals

Dear Senators – letter from 20 attorneys critical of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S. 2692)

Sexual Assault and Justice: Can we reconcile the belated attention to rape on campus with due process? by Nancy Gertner, feminist lawyer, retired federal judge and Harvard Law professor

The Pendulum Reverses – Again – The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses & Men Strike Back against Title IX Tribunals

HELP for DOE Regulatory Excess – A Senate Task Force Report Recommends Scaling Back the Mountain of Regulations Strangling Higher Education Institutions

Men are Twice-Raped – Domestically and Globally, Men and Boys are Victims of Sexual Violence at rates Equal to those of Women, and are Assumed to be Villains whenever a Woman Accuses

Two Sexual Assault Studies Contradict Stereotypes

All Sex is Rape – All Men are Rapists : Patriarchy = Rape Culture

A Model of Campus Gender-Based Harassment – The Columbia University “Mattress” Story

A Case Study in “Politically-Correct” Reactionary Response – The Duke Lacrosse Team Stripper Rape Hoax

When the Megaphone becomes the Gavel – Two legal experts on sex discrimination law and procedure argue that the current Title IX mandates for America’s colleges and universities are legally unsupportable and both practically and ethically indefensible.

Two Over-Privileged Millennials Engage in Sex and Get F-cked – The Stanford “Model” Student and her Silicon Valley Mentor

Insurance Industry Revelations and Prescriptions about Campus Sexual Assault

The Feminist Movement has Cannibalized Its Own Core Values and Become Its Own Worst Enemy

The Rape Culture Meme – It’s to authentic human culture what genetically modified corn is to maize.

Illiberalism & Hypocrisy on America’s Campuses – Stifling Free Expression in Deference to the Sensibilities of Self-Declared Victimhood

Emancipation From Feminism – My Personal Journey in the New Left and A Dissident View on Feminism

America’s Gun Culture

Lead, Crime & Societal Breakdown – A Cautionary Tale of Unintended Consequences

Guns, Race, the Law & Public Opinion – The Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman Case

The Guns of Columbine

Ceremonial Violence – School Rampage Shootings

The NRA Story: From Rifle Club to Extremist Gun Rights Lobby: How the National Rifle Association evolved from a Shooting Club to a Terrorist Organization

District of Columbia v. Heller – A Radical Decision that Created a Middle Path

The Real Second Amendment

Cliven Bundy – Folk Hero or Scapegoat?

Sandy Hook: The Real Story

The Isla Vista Rampage & The Abuse of Tragedy for Ideological Agendas

Trouble in the Heartland – Ferguson MO

Ethics Complaint to the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel against Prosecutor McCulloch and his two assistants

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

The Coup d’État against JFK: The CIA Killed Peace in 1963

JFK’s Race for Peace

JFK & Fidel Castro – The Promise of Revolutionary Co-Existence

CIA Conspiracy to Kill JFK – from JFK and the Unspeakable

Mark Lane’s Brief in Defense of Lee Harvey Oswald

The Jack Ruby Connection

The JFK Assassination – Official Complicity

The JFK Assassination – Inconsistencies with the Lone Gunman Theory

JFK – The Assassin’s Rifle & The “Magic Bullet”

Assassination Science Exposes Official Complicity & Cover-Up and Names the Assassins

JFK Assassination Plan A – The Chicago Plot

The (Too) Many Faces of Lee Harvey Oswald

The Strange and Revelatory Saga of Rose Cheramie

The Threads of Conspiracy Unravel

L. Fletcher Prouty’s Letter to Jim Garrison (an insider’s exposé of the CIA)

RFK – The Other Kennedy Assassination

My other blogs are:

Riversong HouseWright – A Home for Sensible Homes (Riversong’s Radical Reflections on Shelter)

aVERTa Vertical Emergency Response Training

Notes:

[1] There is a generalized misperception in these modern, “post-prophetic” days about what it means to be a prophet. The most common misunderstanding is that it displays some kind of arrogance to label oneself a “prophet”. But nothing could be further from the truth.

One does not decide to become a prophet, as one might choose to take on a profession. One is given the role by the Spirit of the Universe, and can choose only to accept it in humility or to reject one’s destiny. The calling often comes in the midst of some sort of Vision Quest, as it did in my case. And to accept the role of seeing and describing what most cannot see, are afraid to confront, and spend their lives in hiding from, is to accept being an outcast. As it has been said, a prophet is never welcome in his own time.

But I was also born into a prophetic tradition. My direct lineal ancestor, Yaakov Yitzchak of Lublin (in what is now Poland but was then part of Bohemia), also known as the Choseh (seer or visionary) of Lublin (1745-1815), is considered to be among the greatest of Hebrew prophets, on par with the biblical Isaiah. And I have always accepted my destiny regardless of the personal cost.

An essay which expands on my own understanding of the role of prophet in the modern world is Of Prophets and Hope.

[2] Socrates, through the writings of Plato, understood that knowledge was eternal and available to every soul, that the trauma of birth causes a forgetting, and that only through an act of anamnesis (from Greek ana “back” + mimneskesthai “call to mind”) can we remember what we always knew.

The Socratic method, then, was a means of helping others re-member their dis-membered soul, of giving birth to the eternal knowledge (logos) that was corrupted by our bodily birth – and therefore a true teacher or guide is but a midwife, assisting in the rebirth of what was always most deeply and eternally real.

Knowledge, as differentiated from “true belief” (doxa, “opinion”) and from dogma (imposed belief), can be achieved through katharsis (“cleansing” or “purification”), by contemplating with the soul (noesis), and experiencing gnosis (spiritual knowing). This is somewhat like the maxim of Sherlock Holmes: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

As a midwife in the Socratic sense, I do not traffic in mere opinions (doxa), challenge any and all beliefs (dogma), and accept as true only that which can be known, either by the rational exercise of intelligence or by direct and immediate perception – what some today call Heart Knowledge.

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